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Only in recent years the provision of measures for self-care and staff-care has gained the recognition of international agencies. As one of its first, the Jordanian Ministry of Health, took up the initiative for promoting the well-being of health care professionals. In an opening ceremony of the first staff-care and self-care centre in Jordan, the Deputy Head of German-Jordanian cooperation, Dr Bernd Kuzmits, emphasised that support is needed for those health professionals, who are confronted with difficult situations such as for example in directly dealing with persons – men or women – who are victims of violence. Health professionals face a high risk of burn-out or of secondary traumatisation. Dr Fateen Janem, Director at the Directorate of Disabilities and Mental Health, highlighted the decrease of empathy and an increase in fatigue amongst health workers. In order to deliver health services and psychosocial support to patients and clients, there is a need to support the staff with a healthy and supportive environment, as Dr Ishaq Adnan, Assistant of Secretary General for Primary Health Care, pointed out. In a first step the project on Psychosocial Support and Trauma Work in Jordan on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supported the Jordanian Ministry of Health with the renovation and furnishing of a training room for staff-care and self-care. In the course of one year, focal points from Health Centres of different communities of Jordan will be trained on approaches and concrete measures of self-care and staff-care. The project further assists the Ministry of Health in developing organisational guidelines as well as with a comprehensive handbook covering various aspects of staff and self-care.
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